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Which e-reader makes best Mother's Day gift?

April 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Mother's Day is coming up and people may be considering an e-book reader as the perfect gift. It may be difficult to choose between the the Kindle, the Nook and now the new pricey iPad. Consumer Specialist Ric Romero looked at several e-book readers to find the best ones for bookworms, and moms included. ABC7 teamed up with Consumer Reports to look at nine different book readers including ones from Sony and IREX. There is a lot of competition out there in e-book readers, and, a lot of misinformation as well.

Kate Lombardi will be adding fewer books to these shelves, but she's reading more books than ever now that she has a Kindle.

"It's made me look at books in a different way, and buy them in a different way, so I'm buying more," said Kate.

Consumer Reports testers took a look at various e-book readers in case people were looking to buy one for themselves or as a gift.

The iPad, a tablet computer with a color screen, is backlit so that people can continue reading in the dark. But it weighs twice as much as most e-book readers. In the bright sunlight, it can be difficult to read.

"This iPad's very versatile and it does most things pretty well. But it's not the best choice just for reading e-books," said Paul Reynolds, Consumer Reports.

So for simple book reading, should you go for the kindle or a different e-book reader? The Nook is heavily advertised by Barnes and Noble, but testers had some issues with it.

"One of the problems with the Nook is its interface, said Rich Fisco, Consumer Reports."This little screen is all you get for navigating around, picking books, moving though pages, and typing in titles for searches and such."

In the end, Consumer Reports says to go for Kate's choice and that is the six-inch Kindle. It's easy to use, loads quickly, and costs about $260 at www.amazon.com

Some researchers say that the iPad can cause insomnia. A researcher at the UCLA Sleep Disorder Center told Eyewitness News however, that there has not been any study or research that proves iPads cause sleeplessness.